Poll finds 53 PERCENT of Scots oppose Sturgeon’s independence campaign

A blow for Sturgeon as a poll shows 53 PERCENT of Scots oppose his drive to split the UK, with the Tories urging voters to ‘send a message to the SNP’ in local elections next month

  • Poll found 53% of Scots oppose independence, excluding don’t know
  • Nicola Sturgeon is campaigning ahead of local elections next month
  • Tories urge Scottish voters to ‘send a message to the SNP’ in key council areas

Nicola Sturgeon suffered a major blow today as a poll found support for independence was down with a majority of Scots wanting to stay in the UK.

A Survation study found that 53% would vote ‘no’ in a separatist referendum, excluding those who say they are undecided.

The figure was up one point from a year ago, with trackers showing trade unionists consistently ahead of the game.

The findings emerged as Scottish Conservatives urged voters to ‘send a message to Nicola Sturgeon’ in next month’s local elections by keeping the SNP out of power in more than a dozen key areas.

Writing in today’s Scottish Daily Mail, Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross issued a rallying cry to voters, telling them they can protest a series of failures and ‘help us reduce the Nats to the cut”.

A Survation study found 53% would vote ‘no’ in a separatist referendum, excluding those who say they are undecided

He condemned ‘Ms Sturgeon’s narrow-minded obsession with keeping us apart’, plans to introduce the hated workplace parking charge, growing problems with potholes and bin collection and a controversial sex survey introduced in schools.

However, the Survation poll – taken between March 24 and 28 – had a sting in the Tories’ tail, showing them slipping to third place behind Labor’s voting intentions on Holyrood and Westminster.

The poll, taken between March 24 and 28, recorded the SNP at 46 per cent on the Holyrood constituency vote, down two percentage points from last year’s election, with Labor at 25 % (+3), the Conservatives at 20% (-2), and the Lib Dems at 7% (unchanged).

On Westminster’s voting intentions, he put the SNP at 45%, down three points, Labor at 27% (+7), the Tories at 19% (-3) and the Lib Dems at 6% (-1 ).

Mr Ross said: ‘In a month, across Scotland, you will have the opportunity to remove the SNP from power. The price is there for the taking. SNPs are beatable.

“In local election results since Holyrood’s vote last year, we are only a few hundred votes behind them across Scotland. On May 5, in councils across the country, this election is a two-horse race.

The 14 councils where the Tories believe the SNP can be defeated include ten where the Tories won a higher percentage of the vote in 2017.

They say a few seats changing hands in Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire would allow a majority to scrap the SNP/Labour coalitions. They think winning a few seats in Moray could oust the SNP.

Ms Sturgeon used the Easter holiday to embark on campaigning ahead of local elections

Ms Sturgeon used the Easter holiday to embark on campaigning ahead of local elections

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has urged voters to 'send a message' to the SNP, but he is in isolation after testing positive for Covid

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has urged voters to ‘send a message’ to the SNP, but he is in isolation after testing positive for Covid

In four other regions – Argyll & Bute, Midlothian, North Ayrshire and East Dunbartonshire – Tory strategists believe a swing of one to three seats could see them overtake the SNP as the biggest party.

On the campaign trail yesterday, Ms Sturgeon highlighted her government’s decision to double the Scottish payment for children to £20 a week, saying campaigners had branded it a ‘game changer’ in the fight against child abuse child poverty.

She told LBC: “This is the most important anti-poverty measure we are introducing.”

Scottish Labor leader Anas Sarwar said: “Every Scot is living through the cost of living crisis and yet none of the Scottish governments are doing enough to help.”

Mr Ross suffered yet another electoral setback yesterday as he was forced into self-isolation after testing positive for Covid.

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